weekly yikes report for nov 25-dec 1

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Everything is happening So Much, all the time, and it’s hard to keep up. Did you realize we had the Olympics this year?? AND The golden state killer was finally arrested in April. I would’ve guessed both these huge events were at least two years ago.

There was also: the former Russian agent and his daughter poisoned, the Parkland high school shooting, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got hitched (and fam’d up), France won the World Cup in Russia, the trade war started, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, Bolsonaro was elected in Brazil, the synagogue shooting and MAGA mail bomber, and that’s just a quick scroll through Wikipedia! I am barely scraping the surface of Yikes that is constantly happening.

2018 has completely ruined our sense of time, so much that even weekly its hard to keep all the ridiculous news straight. I wanted to take space that isn’t the constant revolving door of twitter to highlight stories before they get swallowed up by the churning media tide.

Wether its weird right-wing twitter troll types or huge corporation news, foreign affairs or voter suppression in rural America, each of these stories effects the world in an important way. When I spend time on twitter, maybe I throw a choice line out about it. Maybe two. Here I can expand more on issues I think are important. Or I can point and laugh a little longer. The world needs balance.

escaping twitter

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(or when u are forced to leave yr internet home because Nazis set it on fire)

in the 20 or so years I’ve resided on the internet, I’ve had many home bases online. More places than I can really recall, that I customized, curated, and contributed through. AIM. A band’s web forum. Livejournal. Xanga. Facebook. Twitter. For an introvert, sites that allowed personalization and interaction with others was a true gift allowing me to build meaningful friendships that I continue to treasure.

I’ve been on twitter since 2009, and increasingly it’s been the place I felt most comfortable, the space I used to share important thoughts. I get to follow friends and creatives I love and respect, participate in conversations with everyone in between, making jokes and feeling included. Twitter’s been formative in more than one personal relationship.

Internet home base has never stayed the same for more than a few years, but in the past, transitions from one home to another were gradual and generally painless. the flow of my interests, where other people I enjoyed were primarily interacting, would dictate what my browser’s home page would be. there was never a lot of consternation about leaving Livejournal, I stopped checking it because others stopped updating. The internet cycle of death and rebirth has always felt pretty natural.

now in 2018 I find myself in a position of knowing it’s time to leave a platform. my internet home should no longer be twitter. the abuse issues are notoriously terrible, it’s actively working against what users want, and the ceo is at best feeding trolls and at worst sympathizing with the alt right. this is a bad site, and we should stop using it.